Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Peacock Crown in Fiber

The peacock quilted work that I am creating to mount on a 18" x 36" stretched canvas with tail feathers extending beyond the edge is progressing.  The background onto which the bird will be appliqued is complete and the feather crown has been created.  (To have a glimpse into the colors and size of the peacock, see my February 25, 2015 post.)
Thread Painted Feather Crown

Close-Up of Thread Painted Feather Crown
Now that the entire background work has been completed, I'm moving on to thread work on the peacock's tail feathers.
Stitching with Bronze Metallic and Floriani threads
 The thread painting on this came to an abrupt halt at the very start because the threads wanted to knot and flay (not fray).  A dear friend and accomplished fiber artists, Cynthia Catlin, led me to the Floriani Chrome needles by Schmetz at Red Rock Threads.  These needles seem to have been created specifically for the beautiful Floriani threads because once they were delivered and I started using them, all the fun came back to working on this creation.  They go through all three layers, including very thick, fusible Pellon,™ like a knife cutting through warm butter and there is absolutely no problem with the threads. 

"Stay tuned." 
 I'll be back with more posts as the work progresses.  

Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
© Linda Friedman 2015.  All rights reserved


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    1. Thanks, Eileen. I'm hoping to be finished with the work by our Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists meeting so that I can share it with the group.

  2. The peacock is definitely taking shape. I love the touches of glitter. I'm looking forward to seeing it in person again.